The Parent Organization at West Oak Lane Charter School (WOLCS) was established in October of 2001, three years after the school opened its doors. In 2011 it officially adopted the name Families Being Involved or FBI.
FBI exists to promote the total education of students enrolled at WOLCS. Through parent education seminars and other programming FBI maintains a helpful dialogue about educational goals between parents and families on one hand and the teachers and administrators of the school on the other hand. FBI working with the WOLCS administration provides resources and materials to help families work with their children to improve their academic and social performance.
By attending FBI programs, families will better understand the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s academic content standards and the WOLCS curriculum that is designed to prepare students to meet those standards. Participating families also learn about keeping their children safe and avoiding risks associated with alcohol and drug use, bullying, cyber crimes and sexual abuse.
FBI is also actively involved in fundraising each year. Through its fundraising efforts FBI is able to provide financial assistance for programs and events that provide enrichment and enhance learning for WOLCS students. FBI fundraising has helped to provide uniforms for WOLCS athletic teams. And FBI fundraising has also supported the attendance and performance incentives including Family Fun Day at Clementon Park New Jersey last Spring, as well as Broadway shows in 2011 and 2012.
The parent organization also extends its hospitality to WOLCS families by providing refreshments during various afterschool events, and by welcoming families to the extended WOLCS family.
FBI’s annual membership fee is $10.00. However, anyone who provides ten hours of documented volunteer service during a school year is a full member during the next school year at no additional cost.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
There are many benefits of becoming an FBI member:
- Stay informed about what’s going on at WOLCS
- Participate in Family Education Programming
- Provide input to support the growth and development of the school through focus groups
- Gain preference in selection as chaperones for annual school incentive trip
FBI has 4 active committees. The focus and responsibility of these committees is presented below.
Family Fun & Learning Committee
- Work with WOLCS administration to plan and stage educational programs and fun-filled events that engage parents and students:
- Identify member needs and recommend programming to address those needs
- Assist in planning and staffing family fun and learning events (e.g. Winter Carnival & Talent Show)
- Identify and/or sponsor speakers or workshops at report card conferences and FBI meetings
- Publicity / Outreach to parents with event information
- Make all arrangements necessary for welcoming and providing refreshments to participants and/or volunteers at FBI meetings and events:
- Planning menus and making catering arrangements
- Tracking reservations
- Managing sign-in sheets
- Providing name tags for attendees.
- Write thank you notes to participants and presenters
Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination Committee
- Maximize parent and family volunteer involvement at WOLCS
- Establish annual dues
- Make recruitment / follow-up phone calls
- Track pledge hours
- Publicize benefits of membership
- Develop methods for recognizing member participation
- Arrange staffing for all FBI meetings, programs and events
- Establish annual fundraising goals and plan events to raise money to meet established targets
- Staff fundraising activities
- Identify new fundraising strategies (e.g. Sponsored Events – Flea Markets, Bowling Parties etc.; Take Charge of Education at Target stores)